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Congressional Art Competition

It is my pleasure to have my district participating in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition-An Artistic Discovery. The competition is open to high school students, grades 9-12, residing in or attending a school in Idaho’s First Congressional District. Deadline for submission at any of my District offices is April 13, 2016.

A group of judges will determine the top three choices and the Congressman will choose the final winner. All art work will be displayed on my Facebook Account where users will determine who will win the District’s Choice award.

The winner will receive free airfare from Southwest Airlines to fly with a guest to Washington, D.C. and attend an awards ceremony in June. Their artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

The District’s Choice winner, second and third place winners will have their work displayed for a year in one of my three Congressional offices located in Meridian, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.


2016 Competition Rules

Student Release Form

Submission Checklist

You can contact the competition coordinator, Haline Anderson, for more information at 208-888-3188 or Students and educators can also visit for more details. 

The art work submission may be:

•    Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
•    Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
•    Collage
•    Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
•    Mixed Media
•    Computer Generated Art
•    Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.